Book Reviews

Unlocked: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 8.5 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Short tale, long reference volume best for super fans.
By Shannon Messenger
(2020)
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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Book Poster Image
age 9+
Girl and her dad flee grief in heart-filled road-trip tale.
By Dan Gemeinhart
(2019)
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Flashback: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 7 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Little is resolved in colossal teen-elf epic installment.
By Shannon Messenger
(2018)
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Aru Shah and the End of Time: Pandava, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Flawed but fascinating modern spin on Indian mythology.
By Roshani Chokshi
(2018)
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Nightfall: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 6 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Teen elves face cosmic peril, crushes in epic installment.
By Shannon Messenger
(2017)
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The War I Finally Won Book Poster Image
age 9+
Ada shows courage in riveting English wartime sequel.
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(2017)
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Dork Diaries 9: Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen Book Poster Image
age 9+
Installment in popular series is long on drama, stereotypes.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2015)
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The War That Saved My Life Book Poster Image
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Abused girl finds courage, family in compelling WWII story.
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(2015)
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Sisters Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Funny, moving memoir should appeal to younger comics fans.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2014)
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The Crossover Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
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Exile: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting sequel keeps momentum of telepathic elf-girl tale.
By Shannon Messenger
(2013)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel Book Poster Image
age 9+
Greg hilariously searches for dance date in 7th book.
By Jeff Kinney
(2012)
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Ungifted Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Wacky mayhem fills tale of troublemaker in genius academy.
By Gordon Korman
(2012)
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The Sisters Grimm Series Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fascinating fractured fairy tales grow darker, tenser.
By Michael Buckley
(2005)
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Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
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Blubber Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Honest novel shows brutality of grade school bullying.
By Judy Blume
(1974)
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Rules Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Girl connects with brother who has autism in moving tale.
By Cynthia Lord
(2006)
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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Book Poster Image
age 9+
Sisters romp through summer in old-fashioned charmer.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2005)
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The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
A cliff-hanging orphan adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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Number the Stars Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Stirring tale of girl who smuggles Jews to safety in WWII.
By Lois Lowry
(1989)
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